The Development of Democracy and Citizenship

Essential Question

How did Athens develop its democracy?

The Governments of Greece

The Development of Democracy

Aristocrats and Tyrants Rule & Athens Creates Democracy.pdf

Activity 1: Make a Flow Map to sequence the events of the development of democracy.

Use the information from today's lesson answer the questions in a thinking map. Complete this assignment digitally or on paper. It will be collected in your portfolio.

Flow Map-Government in Greece Outline.pdf

Pericles' Funeral Oration

Activity 2: NEWSELA "Famous Speeches: Pericles' Funeral Oration"

Sign into Newsela and read the article "Famous Speeches: Pericles' Funeral Oration." Remember to annotate the article as you read and complete the quiz once you have finished reading.

Activity 3: Pericles' Funeral Oration Writing

Use the article "Famous Speeches: Pericles' Funeral Oration" and answer the following prompt in 2 or more paragraphs:

  • Who do you think was the intended audience for this document? How do you think the audience responded to or interpreted the text? Finally, compare this to the way you are responding to or interpreting the text today.

Discussion Questions

  • What is a democracy?

  • How did democracy develop in ancient Greece?

  • Do you agree with Pericles' description of citizenship? Why or why not?

Extension Activity

NEWSELA "Ancient Greeks Wouldn't Call U.S. a Democracy – They’d see an Oligarchy"